Distinguished Service in Library History Award

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks nominations for the Distinguished Service in Library History Award. The Award honors the career of a person who has a lifetime of scholarship and service in the field of library history. This non-monetary award is intended to given to an individual who has a record of contributions, who demonstrates length, breadth, and depth of involvement in library history, and who has had a significant impact on the work of ALA’s Library History Round Table or on the library history community at large. The intention of the Award is to recognize service; thus, nominations which emphasize research/publication and do not describe service or other activities pertaining to library history will not be considered. Personal membership in LHRT is encouraged but is not required for an individual to be selected for the Award.

Selection of an awardee will be made by an LHRT committee. Nominations must be made by an LHRT member; a letter of nomination should be made by April 15, 2023. The nomination must include the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae and at least two (2) letters of support. Nominators of the same individual may be asked to collaborate to produce stronger nominations and to reduce duplicate effort. Criteria for the Award include the significance of contributions to library history, such as publications in the field, courses taught in library history, and service to the field through LHRT or other groups. Nominations should be sent to the Award Committee Chair, named below. The announcement of an Award winner will be made on or about June 1. The Award will be made at an event sponsored by LHRT at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference.

John M. Budd, Chair

Distinguished Service in Library History Award Committee


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